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Match Preview: Newport Gwent Dragons vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2009-12-04

Leinster return to action this Sunday after an Autumn International campaign that was rewarding but costly. Leinster have three new internationals caps in Cian Healy, Jonny Sexton and Sean O'Brien, but unfortunately injuries have cost us Sexton in the short-term and Luke Fitzgerald for probably the rest of the season. Losing Fitzgerald, our top try scorer for the past two seasons is a huge setback but the cover we have in the back three softens the blow somewhat. In terms of Sexton though, options are a little thinner on the ground.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Jim O'Connor, 2009-10-30

Leinster face Cardiff in the RDS tomorrow in their final match for five weeks before they take a break for the Autumn Internationals. They have a five-three win/loss ratio from the eight matches they've played so far the season, not great but not terrible either considering the disruption caused by having certain players unavailable at different times. A win tomorrow will make it a six-three record, which will leave the Leinster management relatively satisfied going into their autumnal hiatus.
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Match Report: Ulster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by gfo, 2009-10-27

After a stellar performance against Munster earlier in the year, the European champions failed to impress during their trip to Ravenhill for the second of the Irish Derbies. In front of a shivering crowd of 11,523, Leinster lost out to Ulster in a poor 16-14 defeat. Although tries from Berne and Fitzgerald left Leinster able to walk away with a bonus point, another strong performance from Ian Humphries and a try from Isaac Boss gave the Ulstermen the edge, putting them on top of the table with a one point lead over Leinster.
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Match Preview: Ulster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2009-10-23

With their Heineken Cup campaign back on track, Leinster travel to Ravenhill for a top of the table clash with second placed Ulster. Last week's game against Brive was a must-win match and win Leinster did, comprehensively so. There was the odd grumble afterwards that a bonus point went begging, but such was the importance of the win most fans would have taken a one-point win beforehand, never mind a 23 point victory. The Scarlets shock win over a complacent London Irish side opens up the group again, although winning in Wales next time out will be still just as important.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by hands away, 2009-10-05

"Once off? my d'arse"

Leinster simply out classed their southern neighbours tonight and in doing so put to bed any whispers murmuring around outside the sold out RDS before this evening's derby that "that day" in croker was only a once off. In fact the similarities to last May were uncanny, both centres O'Driscoll and D'arcy added to their tallies and of coarse the score that put the game to bed again came giftwrapped by way of an intercept as a result of Munster chasing the game, courtesy of Shane Horgan. The interpro that was once described as "showponies vs. cart horses", to continue the equine analogy was more like thoroughbreds vs. dressage steeds - more fitting of the of the royal showground surroundings.
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